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Gov. Scott Walker gamely allowed a trained, 600-lb. sea lion named Slick to give him "kisses" Friday at the Milwaukee County Zoo, as part of Walker's promotion of tourism in Wisconsin.
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Gov. Walker campaigns with a sea lion named Slick and a seal named Scooter at Milwaukee County Zoo

Walker and Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett visited the zoo, where they also handfed fish to a seal named Scooter and visited the penguin exhibit. Later they headed to La Crosse to tour the Loggers baseball stadium and then to Green Bay, where they visited the construction site for the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
The tour came to mark the start of this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week, which runs May 2-10. Walker’s administration announced the tourism economy topped $18.5 billion in 2014, a $1 billion boost from $17.5 billion in 2013. The 5.5 percent increase was spurred by a rise in both visits and spending per trip.

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Thousands of conservatives rally on Milwaukee lakefront against too much government

Conservative speakers, including GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker (left) and Milwaukee Co. Sheriff David Clarke, got cheers from thousands at Veterans Park on the lakefront as they called for limited government, lower taxes and more freedom. The “tea party” rally was sponsored by the Wisconsin chapter of the conservative Americans for Prosperity group. The crowd — mostly middle-aged and white, many wearing red, white and blue clothing — resembled 4th of July picnickers.

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Walker, Barrett pledge cooperation

Tom Barrett and Scott Walker admit they haven’t always been in agreement on joint city-county issues. But they say the governor’s race won’t mean a breakdown in city-state relations. Walker said he doesn’t see the governor’s race having much of an impact on Milwaukee County staff or their
contact with the city of Milwaukee.

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Speakers urge Dems to do better job touting their successes

Dems must do a better job of communicating their positive accomplishments and appealing to working- and middle-class voters if they are to hold on to key political offices in Wisconsin, supporters were told Saturday evening at the state Democratic Party’s major annual fundraising event.

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Biden, Geithner call for financial reform in Milwaukee

Vice President Biden and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Tuesday that new sweeping financial “rules with teeth, enforced by people who care” must pass to protect the middle class and prevent the current recession from morphing into a depression. “This is an important cause; it’s a just cause, and this requires reform,” Geithner told more than 500 people at a UW-M meeting sponsored by the school’s Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business.

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Johnson jumps in Senate race to stop national health care

Oshkosh businessman Ron Johnson formally entered the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate this morning – his first attempt at any elected office – saying he was inspired to run in an effort to stop national health care. “To me, nationalized health care is a real assault on our freedom,” Johnson said at a Milwaukee news conference, surrounded by family.

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President calls for $50 billion investment in roads, rails, runways

President Obama Monday proposed a $50 billion plan to rebuild America’s roads, rails and runways, calling it an investment that will move the country’s economy forward and leave the next generation something lasting. Obama’s Labor Day speech to a union crowd mixed his proposal to invest in the country’s infrastructure with an ode to the middle class and a series of swipes at Republicans. The president told the union crowd “you’re the reason I’m here” as he promised to fight for the country’s middle class.

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Jensen agrees to civil forfeiture to settle three felony charges

Former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen agreed today to plead no contest to a civil forfeiture in a deal that settles the three felony misconduct in office charges filed against him in 2002 stemming from the “caucus scandal.” In all, Jensen was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 and $89 in court costs, as well as $67,147 within 60 days to cover the legal fees taxpayers paid on his behalf.

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